Steelers 2014 Pre Training Camp Roster Polls: Will S Will Allen Make The Final 53?

The Pittsburgh Steelers will begin training camp one week from today, so I thought we would spend these last several days talking about a few players that many believe will have a decent shot at making the final 53 man roster. Basically, these are players that we can’t quite consider locks, but do consider as being on the bubble.

After reading the recap of the player that we highlight, you can cast your vote as to whether or not you think that player will make the final 53 man roster. Each poll will run for three days.

The eighth player up in this series is veteran safety Will Allen.

2013 Season Recap:

Allen didn’t even start the 2013 season with the Steelers as he was allowed to sign with the Dallas Cowboys during the offseason. After the veteran was released by the Cowboys following their Week 5 game, the Steelers wasted no time adding him. Once rookie safety Shamarko Thomas went down with an ankle injury in Week 10, Allen took over his sub package role and never looked back. In the 12 games that he played for the Steelers, Allen totaled 34 tackles, one interception, one forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

While not a huge contributor on the stats sheet, Allen was also a fixture on special teams as he has been his entire career.

2014 Outlook:

Allen will likely be at the mercy of the number safeties kept on the final 53 man roster if indeed Robert Golden his kept. Allen knows the defense inside and out and while not flashy, manages to get the job done usually whenever he is on the field at either safety position. Should Thomas cleanly beat out Allen for the third spot on the depth chart, however, the veteran really becomes even more expendable. Allen is not the special teams player he once was and thus that area of his game won’t be hard to replace.

Vote below and tell us the reason why you voted the way that you did in the comments below.

You can view the results here.

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Will LB Sean Spence Make The Final 53?
Will LB Jordan Zumwalt Make The Final 53?
Will WR Derek Moye Make The Final 53?
Will WR Darrius Heyward-Bey Make The Final 53?
Will WR Justin Brown Make The Final 53?
Will OL Guy Whimper Make The Final 53?
Will TE David Paulson Make The Final 53?
Will CB Brice McCain Make The Final 53?

  • dennisdoubleday

    He was frequently highlighted in analyses of big plays AGAINST the Steelers last year, so I don’t think he deserves to make it. But there are a lot of changes this year, so they may opt for some veteran stability in this case.

  • joed32

    Allen, Golden, and Thomas will be the 3 backup safeties.

  • steeltown

    I will feel a lot more comfortable with W.Allen on roster, he knows the Defense, both safety positions and can still play special teams. He has a knack for creating a splash play here and there as well. If I had ANY confidence in Golden as a backup my opinion might be different, but…

    Something tells me we keep 5 Safeties, considering Shark might be the primary backup nickel behind WillieG

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  • dgh57

    Tomlin seems to like having a veteran as his first man of the bench and Golden has yet to step up so yes Allen sticks around for another year.

  • Biggie

    Allen has been a great depth guy and has ability to start when needed, definitely needs to make roster.

  • patrick Mayfield

    I agree. Tomlin trusts the guy so that all but makes him a lock. Until Shamarko proves himself in the game, Allen is going to be a lock. Golden vs Allen should probably tip in favor of Allen as well since both play ST and Allen is a proven reliable backup. Interesting though that Golden and Thomas have some corner flexibility so I’m on the 5 safeties bandwagon as well.

  • Lil Smitty

    I don’t have anything against him personally. He is a reliable backup. I am hoping that the young safeties step up and make him expendable. If they don’t then the front office will need to start looking for the next generation of safeties in the draft.

  • Big White

    Without a doubt, With Troy’s injury history Steelers can’t afford to be thin at Safety.

  • Steve

    The only downside to Will Allen is his age – 32 years old.

  • ike

    what about Garvin at Safety?

  • Matt Manzo

    I wish! Have the coaches ever mentioned it?

  • Virdin Barzey

    Ding, ding, ding, ding! Winner, winner, chicken dinner.
    Yup, that’s about right.

  • joed32

    What young safeties besides Thomas and Golden?

  • Jacob Dixon

    Mitchell he is about 27

  • pittsburghjoe

    Exactly, we are using him as a backup. Given he plays special teams, can play both safety spots and has good knowledge of the D makes him good enough to keep.

  • joed32

    Mitchell is a starter, he doesn’t need to step up and make Allen expendable.

  • Louis Goetz

    You want a linebacker who runs 4.7 to move to safety?